He who cannot obey himself will be commanded.


With a hundred-faced mirror did I catch its glance when its mouth was shut, so that its eye might speak to me. And its eye spoke to me. But wherever I found living things, there heard I also the language of obedience. All living things are obeying things. And this heard I secondly: Whatever cannot obey itself, is commanded. Such is the nature of living things. This, however, is the third thing which I heard - namely, that com- manding is more difficult than obeying. And not only because the com- mander bears the burden of all obeyers, and because this burden readily crushes him: An attempt and a risk seemed all commanding to me; and whenever it commands, the living thing risks itself thereby.

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